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Chrome is fast supplanting Firefox as the web’s coolest browser, and Ubuntu users realize this. Chrome is sleek, fast and offers a wide variety of useful additions. It’s no wonder many Ubuntu users are replacing Firefox with Chrome as their default browser.

So many Ubuntu users love Chrome that a variety of great Ubuntu-specific tools for Chrome are popping up. From beautiful notifications to quick installation of software, some Chrome plugins should simply be used by every Ubuntu user. Here are just four such Google Chrome browser tools worth checking out.

Chromify OSD

Chrome’s new notification system is convenient, but not exactly beautiful. On Ubuntu, which has had an attractive notification system for years now, these notifications stick out like a sore thumb.

Don’t worry; help is on the way. With a little bit of tweaking you can turn this:


Into this:

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This works perfectly with Streamie, an awesome real-time Twitter client Streamie: An Awesome Real-Time Twitter Client For Your Browser Streamie: An Awesome Real-Time Twitter Client For Your Browser Read More and many other web apps. Gmail integration isn’t working yet, but it’s on the to-do list.

Check out Chromify OSD if you’re interested, and be sure to check out the discussion happening over at OMG Ubuntu to find out more.


If you’re a Ubuntu user who regularly checks blogs and forums for cool new software, you’re probably pretty good at copying “sudo apt-get install” lines from your browser into the command line. That’s cool, but unnecessary if you use Chrome. Apt-linker, a brilliant Chrome plugin for Ubuntu and Debian users, transforms any “sudo apt-get install” line into a clickable link:

The plugin’s not that complicated; it simply turns such lines into an AptURL link How To Make Single-Click Links for Software Installation [Ubuntu] How To Make Single-Click Links for Software Installation [Ubuntu] Read More for single-click installation. Still, this little plugin could make any application enthusiast’s life a lot simpler!

Check out Apt-linker, you won’t regret it.

Ambiance Theme

It’s only on the Mac that Chrome tries, at all, to fit in with the operating system around it. If you love Chrome, but wish it felt more native on Ubuntu, you should check out the Ambiance theme for Chrome. This skin allows Chrome to fit in perfectly with Ubuntu’s default theme:

Or if you like your current theme but wish the scrollbars looked consistent with the rest of the OS, try this extension.


Ubuntu’s repositories are great if you’ve got high-speed Internet, but it leaves a lot to be desired for dial-up users. These unlucky people need to wait hours for a program and its dependencies to download. It is possible to download all these files on a fast connection, then take them to your computer on a disk, but you need to know what dependencies applications need in order to install them.

Enter Apt-web. This website, also available as a Chrome app, informs you of all the dependencies you’ll need to install a given program and offers direct download links for all of them:

While this isn’t always going to be quick, it’s easier than diving into the dependencies yourself and manually downloading each file. Check out Apt-web, or install Apt-web as a Chrome app for quick access.


Ubuntu is great; so is Chrome. It’s no wonder there are tools for making the two work better together. Can you think of any more useful Chrome extensions for Ubuntu? Share them in the comments below, along with any questions.

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